Schmeichel: Pogba is Man Utd’s problem child

first_imgPeter Schmeichel has criticised Paul Pogba’s performance for Manchester United against Arsenal on Monday, labelling him the “problem child” of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. The Red Devils lacked a creative spark at Old Trafford in a 1-1 draw that saw the club make their worst ever start to a Premier League season. Pogba, who was heavily linked with a move away from the club over the summer, failed to make much of an impact against the Gunners, with Schmeichel adamant changes are needed to get the best out of him.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “He’s playing very, very deep and I don’t understand what his role in this team is,” Schmeichel told Optus Sport. “Even when Ole made the substitutions and put Pogba further forward, not a lot happened. I agree there were two very good passes from Pogba in this game but it’s two, it’s not 15 and I kind of see that as a problem because he takes up so much attention and it kind of feels like he’s the problem child in this team.”When you have someone who takes up so much attention from newspapers, from when we talk about him, we need to understand what is his role. What is it that he’s going to do for this Manchester United team? At the moment, I’m kind of confused and I don’t understand it. “I think the players are good enough around him but he wasn’t looking enough for the ball, he was hiding a little bit in the first half. In the second half it was a little bit better.”He’s not playing in the same way he did last season for sure. I think they need to find out what his role is and how Manchester United should play with him in the team and then it should be communicated to everyone. You know the 75,000 here, they’re not really too happy with him to be fair, you kind of hear that around that people don’t like Pogba that much because he doesn’t do much for the team. “We’ve seen his world-class quality and how do we get him to perform like that in this Manchester United team? That’s something they’ve really got to work on.” Former Arsenal and United striker Robin van Persie agreed with Schmeichel and believes Pogba needs to be allowed to play in between the lines to ensure the club get the most out of him. “For him, the coach, for us, for everyone, it’s just important to choose a position,” Van Persie said.”Choose where you think, and the coach thinks, he plays the best football for himself and for the team.”I would play him not as a defensive midfielder, and not as a number 10 but in between – [the] number eight position. So, he still has his freedom, he’s not judged then on 20-plus goals a season, if he scores 10-plus goals, makes assists, everyone will look differently at him then, but it needs to be clear for everyone.”After the 1-1 draw, the Red Devils are currently sitting 10th in the league, three points shy of Arsenal, who are now fourth.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

UN refugee agency concerned over Swedens reported plan to deport Iraqis

The spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Melissa Fleming, told reporters in Geneva that those reportedly targeted for repatriation “have profiles that would warrant protection under the 1951 Refugee Convention or the European Union’s Qualifications Directive.”“UNHCR was troubled that its advice, including on the situation of minorities in Iraq, was not sufficiently taken into account by Sweden when reviewing negative decisions that were made in 2008 and 2009,” Ms. Fleming said, adding that the agency believed that the Swedish authorities had not adequately taken into account the recent deterioration in the situation of minorities in Iraq.UNHCR has frequently appealed for countries to ensure that asylum applicants originating from Iraq’s central governorates of Baghdad, Diyala, Ninewa and Salah al-Din, as well as Kirkuk province, benefit from international protection by being granted refugee status. Ms. Fleming said that the agency understood that many of those being returned on tomorrow came from those identified areas.She said that 413 Iraqis were sent back to their country of origin from Europe last year and some 51 Iraqis have been deported so far this year. 18 January 2011The United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern over reports that Sweden planned to send about 25 Iraqis back to Baghdad tomorrow, saying that a number of those scheduled to be deported belong to religious and ethnic groups that have been targeted in recent attacks. read more

Tickets on sale for Souper Star lunch

Tickets are on sale for the annual Souper Star lunch, an event that raises money and awareness for Brock’s United Way campaign.At the lunch, five Sodexo chefs pair up with “celebrity” guest chefs – usually deans and presidents of Brock students’ unions – to serve five original soups. Attendees try each of them and vote on their favourites.This year’s campaign goal will also be announced at the lunch. Last year, Brock met its goal of $112,000.Tickets are going quickly and are more than half sold. The lunch is Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 12 noon. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the Centre for the Arts box office.Related story:• Soups dished out for a good cause